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Sammy Davis Jr.’s story coming to stage, screen

Entertainment Studios buys rights to singer's life

Syndie producer and distributor Entertainment Studios has picked up the rights to the life story of Sammy Davis Jr.

Byron Allen-founded shingle plans on bringing the story of the Rat Packer to both the stage and bigscreen.

Consultant for the singer’s story will be his daughter, Tracy Davis, who said: “On his deathbed, one of the last things my father told me was: ‘Tracy, tell my story, warts and all. Byron Allen, who knew and worked with my father, is the perfect producer to help my family and I achieve my father’s dying wish.”

Part of Davis’ showbiz life has been told before. In 1998, HBO telepic “The Rat Pack” examined when the four — Davis, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Peter Lawford — were atop the Las Vegas entertainment scene.

In addition to being a singer and dancer, Davis was also a prolific actor and made many guest appearances on the small screen. He appeared in dozens of films, including “Ocean’s Eleven, and TV shows, such as “Laugh-In” and “Mod Squad.”

Davis, who faced intense racism early in his career, died of throat cancer in 1990.